Monday, October 24, 2011

ALOO CAPSICUM MASALA CURRY..ALOO SUBJI

ALOO CAPSICUM MASALA
Aloo with  capsicum makes a good combination,and is a north indian dish copes well with naans and chhapathis,and rice etc.
  • Aloo-2 nos-peeled and chopped in to pieces
  • Capsicum-4 nos chopped into  pieces
  • Jalapenos-3 nos
  • Red-1,orange-1 no.,green-1no.for extra spicyness
  • Tomato-1no.pureed
  • Onion-1nos
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
  • chilli powder-1 tsp
  • Corriander powder-2tsp
  • Jeera powder 1/2 tsp
  • Masala powder1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil 3 tbsp

Seasoning:

  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Jeeraseeds-1/2 tsp

Method:

  • Heat oil(2tbsp) in a pan,and after it is heated add mustard seeds and jeera,and let them splutter.
  • Then add chopped onion and fry till they are transculent.
  • Now add capsicum and jalapenos and cook in medium temperature till they are 70% cooked,take off and keep them aside.
  • Then again in the same pan add the left over 1 tbsp oil and add chopped aloo and cook covered till they are halfcooked,then add tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Now add the fried capsicum and jalapenos and mix well.
  • Lastly add corriander ,jeera ,chilli and masala powders and salt one by one,cook in low temperature and  mix them thoroughly.Cook for 5 min and switch off.Transfer in to a serving bowl.www. 

  • Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or rotis..

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY... SUBZI

BLACK EYED PEAS SUBZI
The black eyed pea,is a subspecies of the cowpea,grown around the world.This small bean has a black circular "eye" at its inner curve.Serve this tasty and healthy dish with steaming hot cooked rice and rotis.
Ingredients:
  • Dried black peas-2 cups
  • Onion finely chopped -1cup
  • Oil-2 to 3 tbsp
  • Green chillies-2 to 3 minced
  • Chopped tomatoes/puree-1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
  • Garammasala powder-1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 th tsp
  • Jeera powder-ground-1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder-1 tsp 
  • Chilli powder-1to 2 tsp 
  • SaltCurds-1/2 cup
  • Cilantro-2 tbsp
Method:
  • Soak black eyed peas for 6 hours.
  • Pressure cook the soaked black eyed peas with 2 cups of water for 2 whistles and let it cool.
  • Heat oil in a pan,and after it is heated,add chopped onion, and fry  in low heat until transculent.
  • Then add green chillies,ginger garlic paste ,saute well.
  • Then add dhania,jeera ,masala powders fry for 1 minute.
  • Next add tomato puree/pieces and cook until  mushy,and now add cooked black peas along with water and also add salt and cook until thick.I make this a bit dry.
  • After it is done,switch off the stove add curds,if u want it a bit thin n watery, and cilantro and serve.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.  

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Iam Happy that one of my recipes Ravva Laddu ,has been featured in this ebook.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HOME TIPS

HOME TIPS




  • To make crispy puris ,add 1 spoon of karachi ravva(upma ravva) per 100 gms of wheat flour.
  • While mixing flour for chappathis,add a little cool milk to the flour.The rotis will be soft.
  • Before cooking cauliflower,place the chopped pieces in boiled salt water,to remove smaller pests if any.
  • Store candles in fridge ,so that the candles will lasts for a longer time.
  • Cover the bookshelves with newspapers.every month while cleaning they will be very easy to remove off the old news papers or else the cleaning will be hectic.
  • For crispy dosas,soak 1 cup urad dal,3 cups of rice,2 spoons methi seeds & 1 spoon tur daal.
  • While cleaning the fridge,wipe off with water to which vinegar and salt are added.The fridge will be germ free.
  • When scars are caused by pen on clothes remove with a cotton wool dipped in spirit.
  • While changing the water (cleaning) in the acquarium pour the water to the plants in your house.
  • While wet clothing the rooms add 2 to 3 tsp of kerosene oil to the water.And while washing the bathrooms add kerosene oil to the water you wash.There will be no trace of ants,flies and mosquitoes.
  • Use the remaining shredds of the soap(left over last bits) by adding to the hot water,and store in a bottle.Shake well ,use this as a liquid soap.
  • Add a pinch of citric acid crystals to the water in the pressure cooker ,before placing the food containers before cooking.The sourness of the citric acid in the under water will keep the inside of the cooker shining.Or else add lime shred or a bit tamarind piece instead of citric acid crystals.

SOURCE:A colection from Magazines.. Newspapers

Friday, October 7, 2011

BOBBATLU

BOBBATLU

Bobbatlu..it is one of the most favourite and famous sweet especially for south indians..It is a sweet delicacy prepared for festivals and occassions..like marriages,gruhapraveshams etc.
INGREDIENTS:

For dough:
  • Maidha /all purpose flour-2 cups
  • Suji-1 tbsp
  • Salt- pinch
  • Oil- 1/2 cup
  • Ghee-2 tbsp
  • Water
For stuffing:
  • Channa daal/senaga pappu-2 cups
  • Sugar-2 cups
  • Elaichi powder 1/2 tsp
METHOD:
Preparing dough:
  • Place maidha,suji,and salt in a bowl..add water and make a dough.Knead well for soft bobbatlu.Pour 2 to 3 tbsp oil,on the dough mix well  and let it rest for 2 to 3 hours..it becomes soft when it is kept aside covered with a lid..
  • Meanwhile cook channa daal,with 4 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes.When it is cooked ,remove from stove and take off the balance water from it.Add sugar to the cooked daal and mash/grind it to a paste.Donot add any extra water.Adding sugar to the cooked daal,makes it thin ,while mashing/grinding.Add elaichi powder and make lime sized balls after it is cool.We call this as Purnam.
  • After keeping the dough aside for 2 to 3  hours,take the maidha dough ,knead well and make it in to lemon sized  small balls.The consistancy of the dough should be very very soft and smooth  by this time .We call them as Chovi in telugu.
  • .Now heat tawa in a low to medium heat and apply oil/ghee on it.Take a plastic sheet/10"piece of banana leaf and apply oil on it.
  • Place the dough ball on the sheet/leaf and spread it on it with oily fingers,into a circle.Now place the jaggery dall in the middle and cover it with dough from all sides.Again with oily fingers(apply oil to the fingers of right hand) start spreading /pressing the ball into a big circle.
  • Then lift the leaf along with bobbattu and place it on the hot tawa in upside down direction,then sprinkle oil around the sides and cook both sides till nice golden colour .
  • Remove from tawa and serve hot.Generally ghee will give  the best taste to use for frying the bobbattu ,but use either ghee or oil according to preferred taste.. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT TO C0-BLOGGERS
"An eBook for Diwali called "100 Yummy Sweet Recipes for Diwali" is being compiled by IndusLadies consolidating recipes from various Indian Food Bloggers. This eBook will be made available as FREE download to 1.2Lakh+ members of IndusLadies.com and to their 9000+ fans in Facebook and Twitter. That's a lot of exposure. Hence, if interested rush in a recipe link from your blog to partners@indusladies.com before Oct 10th, 2011".


http://www.indusladies.com/forums/announcements/147072-100-yummy-diwali-sweet-recipes.html

And i have sent my recipe Ravva Laddu, to this Ebook..

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

GULKHAND

GULKHAND


GULKHAND/GULQAND
Gulkhand is a sweet preserve of rose petals from north india..Gul means flower,and qand/khand means sweet in Arabic..
Ancient Preparation (which takes time):
Rose petals being prepared for gulkand..Place the rose petals and sugar in layers in a wide-mouthed airtight glass jar. Place this jar in sunlight for 6 hours per day for around 3 to 4 weeks. On alternate days, the contents of the jar should be stirred with a wooden stick. The jar should be kept indoors once done.

Other ingredients, such as silver foil, Praval Pishti, cardamom seeds, or Muktapishti (powdered pearl) can be added to increase the cooling properties of the gulkand.
This is a lengthy one which takes time.Hence for preparing instantly i prepare it in a instant and easy way which is given below..check the below  proceedure which i prepare..It stays fresh for a month when preserved in a fridge..

Benefits and uses Gulqand is an Ayurvedic tonic. This includes reduction of pitta and heat in the body, a reduction in eye inflammation and redness, strengthening of the teeth and gums, and the treatment of acidity. 

Gulqand is commonly used as an ingredient of Paan, a popular dessert and digestive of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Even milkshakes can be prepared using this one..

Instant Gulkhand Recipe:
Rose petals-1 cup

Sugar -Half cup(for extra sweetness use 2 to 3 tbsp more)

Dried rose petals-2 tbsp

Cardamom seeds-2 nos

Method:

Wash rose petals in plenty of water,and remove from water,dry them on a cloth in a dry place(not in the sun)

Grind the rose petals to a coarse paste,by adding half a cup of water.

place them in a pan,add sugar and also add dried rose petals,and cook them on medium heat till thick . ..

Switch the stove and remove from fire.Let it cool and store in a dry bottle.

Use it in preparing kheers and rose milk etc..This is an easy method instead of laborious procedure prepared for days together drying all the materials in sun...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

MOODS-DISTURBANCES
Mood disorders..they are mental health problems such as depression,mania etc.They can occur in anyone..the causes for mood disorders cannot be understood but an imbalance in brain chemicals plays important role..if it is serious then seek for medical care..
But if in the day to day routine life ,when you are disturbed and out of moods ,a bit of change in your routine is required..Coz..
  • Mental happiness increases the physical beauty in a person.
  • Minimise starchy foods ,carbohydrates in your intake of food.
  • Start body exercise.
  • Go for a dayout with your family and children.
  • Eat your favourite foods and your choice of menu from your near and dear.
  • Listen to your favourite music and start reading your favourite book.
  • Go for a picnic or short vacation.
  • See your family photo album and recollect the memories.
  • Have a chat with your friends.
  • Purchase a dress which you are longing to purchase and wear it.
  • Try to have a full sleep of 7 hrs without any disturbances.
REMEDIES
Mood disorders can be a terrifying experiance for many people.Symptoms can include chest pains,headaches,feeling of breathlessness and others.Its important to learn that anxiety attacks,and panic disorders are mental conditions..The best way to manage them is to understand how they manifest..Anxiety is an experiance of fear about future life events, or past time events..
  • Acceptance..accepting without struggling is a best response.
  • Redirection..redirecting your thoughts to things that are safe..
  • Stress reduction..reducing stress levels contributes mainly to relieve from mood disorders..
  • Try to be happy..donot worry over the past and think about the future,be in present.
  • Try to help others.Helping those who are in need gives mental happiness.
  • Daily do exercise,keeping body in fit not only gives health but also increase mental peace.
  • Practise meditation and deep breathing techniques.
  • Pray god daily ,this improves mental happiness.
  • Be a nature lover,which increases mental happiness.
  • Make it a habbit to listen good music which is soothing,and read good books.
  • Be happy,coz u look beautiful when u are HAPPY..
FOOD TO BATTLE MOOD DISORDERS
Foods help to some extent to minimize and  solve the problem,we will have a look at them..
  • Oatmeal-if you feel yourself feeling irritable and cranky surely you find oatsmeal helps you..rich in soluble fiber which helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the  absorbtion of sugar into the blood..
  • Walnuts-itis considered as a "brain food" because of their wrinkled bi-lobed brain like appearance..
  • Tea-caffeine has been shown to lead to a more positive mood and improved appearance its a fine line.. 
  • Lentils-an excellent source of folate,a Bvitamin that appears tobe  essential for mood and proper function in the brain..
SOURCE:A collection..

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

VINAYAKA CHAVITHI PRASADAMS

VINAYAKA CHAVITHI:  PRASADAMS

Undrallu, Pappulo Undrallu, Palallo undrallu

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankashalu to one and all.Vinayaka chavithi prasadam mainly includes undrallu, Jilledukayalu, Kajjikayalu, Palallo undrallu and also pappulo undrallu.

I am reposting this "Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadams" post of last year. And I am also providing the links for the recipes.

Undrallu recipe: Please refer the recipe for undrallu in the below link.
http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/05/undrallu.html
Kajjikayalu recipe:
http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/10/kajjikayalu.html
Palallo Undrallu recipe:
http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/09/pallu-undrallu.html
Pappu Undrallu recipe:
http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2011/08/pappu-lo-undrallu.html

I didnot get a chance to click the pic for Jilledukayalu. I will post the recipe for that very soon.

VINAYAKA PUJA VRATHAKALPAMU:
For puja proceedure click here..
http://www.telugubhakti.com/telugupages/vratas/Vinayaka/vinayakavratam1.htm

Sunday, August 28, 2011

BRUSSELS SPROUTS CURRY

BRUSSELS SPROUTS CURRY

Ingredients required:


  • Brussels sprouts- 1 pound or 1/2 kg
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-half tsp
  • Haldhi powder-1/4 tsp
  • Onion finely chopped -1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
  • Tomatoes-pureed-1 cup
  • Corriander/dhania powder-2 tbsp
  • Jeera powder-half tsp
  • Garam Masala powder-half tsp
  • Chilli powder-1 to 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt - to taste

Method:
  • Chop the brussel sprouts into 2 halves after washing well.
  • Place a pan on the stove and put some oil in to it.
  • After the oil is hot add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add  turmeric powder,and curry leaves,mix them.
  • Add finely chopped onion pieces and after frying for a little while until transculent,next add ginger garlic paste, and fry until the raw smell disappear.
  • Add pureed tomato paste,cook/fry until cooked.
  • Next add corriander/dhania,jeera powder, chilli powder, Masala powder and amchur one by one and stir well.
  • Now add chopped brussel sprouts and mix gently. Cover and cook until soft but not over cooked,by mixing periodically.
  • Add half cup of water.
  • Cook it on a low flame.Switch it off when done.
  • Server hot with rice or rotis.
http://www.oceanmist.com/products/brusselsprouts/bsproutnutrition.aspx
For nutritional facts and calories check the above link..

















Monday, August 22, 2011

SRI KRISHNASHTAMI PUJA PRASADAM

SRI KRISHNASHTAMI-2011
Happy Sri Krishnashtami..
Puja procedure :  http://hindupad.com/vratas-pujas/janmashtami-puja-procedure-with-mantras-krishnashtami-pooja-vidhi/
Krishnashtami ..Neivedhyam includes panakam,vadapappu,milk..
Tamarind rice(andhra pulihora)--http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/05/pulihora-tamarind-rice.html ,
Chhakkera pongal--http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/08/chhakkara-pongal.html
Curd rice(daddhojanam)..http://www.rasoikimalkin.com/2010/03/daddojanam-curd-rice.html